Remembering Lou Reed

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Happy Birthday to the late Lou Reed.

During the mid 60’s and throughout the 70’s, Lou was in part responsible for putting a major imprint on the development of rock and roll. As the composer and singer for The Velvet Underground, he and the band essentially invented ‘avante punk’ that became the basis for punk, new wave and the roots of alternative. Reed defined the Velvet’s sensibility along with band mates John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Mo Tucker.

He was a middle class guy out of Brooklyn who came on like a street-wise punk in tight jeans and shades and was a classical piano student who turned to rock and roll. The first Velvet Underground album with Nico came out in 1967 at the same year as The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper and included “Waiting For The Man’ & “Heroin”. From his days with the Velvets to his monumental solo career in the 70’s that gave us landmark albums such as ‘Transformer’ & ‘Berlin’ into his post new wave era ‘Street Hassle’ and his continuous ‘on his own term’s’ records throughout the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s including collaborations with Laurie Anderson, Gorillaz, and Metric and a one off Velvet Underground re-union in in the mid 90’s. Lou Reed’s spirit lives on.

Reed’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist was announced on December 16, 2014. The induction ceremony is to take place on April 18, 2015.

Recommended:

Velvet Underground – Peel Slowly & See, Solo projects:  Transformer& Berlin albums.

Vocal collaboration with Metric on the track ‘The Wanderlust’ from the Synthetica release.

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